There are so many different types of lighting modifiers hitting today’s market, it can be hard to determine when you should be using what. As Joe McNally explains in this short video tutorial, a curbside fashion shoot at night is the perfect time to break out your collection of gels. In the video, McNally uses […]
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Being creative in wedding photography doesn’t always come easily. You have to think outside the alter–err, box, a little. Justin Wojtczak suggests taking the wedding party outside in a short tutorial he made explaining a few different lighting setups that he commonly uses. In his webisode, Trash The Dress, he explores different situations where you can implement […]
Many budding photographers would love to have five minutes to pick the mind of Steve McCurry, the documentary photographer behind the famous National Geographic cover photo, Afghan Girl (June 1985). While most will never be afforded the opportunity for a one-on-one sit down with the master photographer, we can all take a few moments to enjoy the […]
Most of the time, image retouchers get a bad rap. They are usually fixing the mistakes of photographers or making flawless models even more beautiful. All practice that many individuals find deceiving. But, here is a story that might help them get the recognition they deserve as artists. In the wake of the tragic tsunami that ripped over Japan in 2011, hundreds of image retouchers from around the world joined forces to do something incredible.
Using a shallow depth of field in portrait photography can yield some great photographs; however, shooting at f1.7 can also pose a few problems. Getting the lighting correct is difficult when the aperture is wide open and even the slightest movement from the camera or subject can throw things out of focus. Luckily, Mike Wallace has made an informative video tutorial on the subject.
The use of a beauty dish helps to simplify the sometimes difficult task of using lighting to even out imperfections and skin tones. In addition to the appealing soft lighting the modifier produces, you can also get the added benefit of creating attractive catch lights in the eyes. As Joel Grimes explains in the following video, even slightest change of distance can make a drastic change on the way your subject is lit and the location in which you place the dish will vary depending on the facial structure of the subject.
How far are you willing to go to the shot? For Marc Montocchio, the answer is as far as it takes. The billfish photographer has spent years dedicating himself to photographing blue marlins and other sea life, a journey which has taken him all over the world and, as you can see in the following video, to some dangerous waters.
The thousands of photographs used to compile the footage were shot by David Kosmos Smith on his Nikon D7000 during a four month long vacation spent exploring Europe. Take a look at Smiths camera work in the following video, but be forewarned, in the five minutes you’ll spend watching EuroLapse you’ll probably be convinced that you, too, need to spend a summer on European expedition.
Getting smooth pan shots for a timelapse sequences generally requires the use of equipment that is too large to be considered portable and also quite expensive. Oftentimes, the dollies used to glide the camera are 6 feet or longer in length, which makes them less than ideal when you have to hike four miles to your shooting location such as Tom Guilmette did in the following video.
Many time-lapse photographers are now landing contracts with tourism boards of various cities or countries. This project was commissioned by the Jordan Tourism Board. Amman, Jordan is a capital city that is bustling with activity and bursting with culture. In the following timelapse video, Joerg Niggli, was able to capture it’s essence during a 12-day filming period earlier this summer.